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Wine & Golf Cruise, SMWE & Laird Small August 2019

From the Rock of Gibraltar to the French Riviera, world-famous beaches, fantastic food and wine, and the architectural wonders of Barcelona beckon. Along the way enjoy world class golf courses, lessons, lectures, wine paired dinners, tastings & events with Al Portney of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Laird Small, PGA Golf Professional and Director of Instruction at Pebble Beach Golf Academy. Throughout your journey you will be pampered aboard Crystals award winning Crystal Serenity with large staterooms, multiple restaurants, Michelin inspired dining and more. Al Portney is bringing some of his favorite”String of Pearls” wines aboard, to share exclusively with you, an MmMmTravel guest. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates  “String of Pearls” wineries represented include Chateau Ste Michelle, Col Solare, Columbia Crest, 14 Hands Winery, Northstar, Spring Valley Vineyards, Erath Winery, Eroica, Tenet, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Patz & Hall and Conn Creek. Your cruise fare includes an exclusive visit with Al to Torres Winery outside of Barcelona on August 18! Guests wishing to participate in all events with Al Portney and Golf Events with Laird Small must book through MmMmTravel. Anyone making their reservation elsewhere (including directly with Crystal) will not be included.

Cruise Highlights

 

Why Crystal Cruises by MmMmTravel?

Exclusive events hosted onboard by Al Portney of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, and Laird Small, PGA Golf Professional and Director of Instruction at Pebble Beach Golf Academy include private receptions, food & wine pairings, golf lectures, wine dinners, tastings & more.

Included Exclusive Shore Excursion with Al Portney of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to visit Torres Winery on August 18.

Crystal Cruises’ all-inclusive value provides:

  • Complimentary fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water,
    specialty coffees, soft drinks and fresh juices
  • Dining; including specialty venues Prego by Piero Selvaggio of Valentino’s, and Umi Uma & Sushi Bar inspired by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
  • Pre-paid gratuities throughout for housekeeping, bar and dining staff
  • 24-hour room service
  • Award-winning Broadway-style entertainment, piano bars and dance clubs
  • Recent-release films in spacious surround-sound theatre
  • A wide range of enrichment classes such as art, music, computer/technology, dance, and foreign language
  • Comfortable shuttles to town in most ports and concierge services for personal arrangements ashore
  • Gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and classes including yoga, Pilates, cycling, Kinesis systems & Tai Chi

 

 

Itinerary

DATE PORTS ARRIVAL DEPART
Aug 12, M Lisbon, Portugal Embark Overnight
SMWE & Golf Group Welcome Reception with Al & Laird*
Aug 13, Tu Lisbon, Portugal 2:00 PM
Afternoon Golf Techniques with Laird Small aboard*
SMWE & Golf Group Wine Dinner*
Aug 14, W Cádiz/Seville, Spain 9:00 AM 10:00 PM
Golf Excursion ashore, details to be announced (fee)*
Aug 15, Th Gibraltar, United Kingdom 7:00 AM 2:00 PM
Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
Mid Day Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Wine Tasting with Al Portney*
Afternoon onboard Golf Instruction Lecture with Laird Small*
Aug 16, F Ibiza, Spain 4:00 PM Overnight
Aug 17, Sa Ibiza, Spain 9:00 PM
Golf Excursion ashore, details to be announced (fee)*
SMWE & Golf Group Gala Reception & Dinner in Tastes Restaurant with Al & Laird*
Aug 18, Su Barcelona, Spain 8:00 AM Overnight
INCLUDED  Torres Wine Estate visit with Al Portney*
Aug 19, M Barcelona, Spain 3:00 PM
Afternoon Golf techniques with Laird Small aboard*
Aug 20, Tu St-Tropez, France 8:00 AM Overnight
Golf Excursion ashore, details to be announced (fee)*
Aug 21, W St-Tropez, France 10:00 PM
Aug 22, Th Monte Carlo, Monaco 8:00 AM Overnight
Golf Excursion ashore, details to be announced (fee)*
SMWE & Golf Group Farewell Reception & Wine Dinner with Al & Laird*
Aug 23, F Monte Carlo, Monaco Disembark am

*Itinerary, events, times & locations are subject  to final confirmation once aboard ship. Invitations will be delivered the evening prior to event to MmMmTravel guests and a Guest Itinerary will be mailed with guests Final Cruise Documents.  Your excursion with Al Portney to Torres Winery is included in cruise fare, however all other excursions are offered at an added fee. Excursion details will be announced as they are finalized. Golf Courses and starting times under review and will be announced at the end of the year.

 

Pricing

Fares include: all beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees; gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff; complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining in Prego and at least once in Umi Uma & Sushi Bar (additional reservations or visits available for a modest fee.); 24-hour room service; complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet access; attentive Butler service in all Penthouse categories; enrichment workshop series featuring lectures; fitness programs including yoga, golf instruction and mat Pilates; and much more.

As a guest of MmMmTravel, your fare also includes an included Exclusive Shore Excursion with Al Portney of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to visit Torres Winery on August 18.

 

Category MmMmTravel Fare* Past Guest Savings
C3-Deluxe Stateroom 226 sq. ft with Picture Window Waitlist tba
C2-Deluxe Stateroom 226 sq. ft with Picture Window Waitlist  tba
C1-Deluxe Stateroom 226 sq. ft with Picture Window $4,830 $125
B3-Deluxe  Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah $5,835 $150
B2-Deluxe Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah $5,985 $155
B1-Deluxe Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah $6,105 $160
A2-Deluxe Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah $6,195 $160
A1-Deluxe Stateroom  269 sq. ft with Verandah $6,290 $160
P2-Deluxe PURE Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah $6,390 $165
P1-Deluxe Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah $6,490 $165
PH-Penthouse, Penthouse Deck 10 & 11 403 sq. ft with Verandah $9,830 $250
SH-Penthouse, Seabreeze Deck 10 403 sq. ft with Verandah $9,830 $250
PS-Penthouse Suite, Penthouse Deck 10 & 11 538 sq. ft with Verandah $13,345 $340
SP-Penthouse Suite, Seabreeze Deck 10 538 sq. ft with Verandah $13,345 $340
CP-Crystal Penthouse Suite 1,345 sq. ft with Verandah Waitlist tba

 

Place a 4-day courtesy hold by calling (831) 659-0151 or emailing us at Cruises@MmMmTravel.com with passengers names and preferred room category. To receive additional information about this voyage, please fill out the form below. 


*Fares above include a $200 per person add-collect over Crystal Cruises promotional cruise fares for your included excursion in Barcelona with Al Portney on August 18, and to help offset shipping and other expenses associated with getting the wines to the ship for our private events. MmMmTravel Fares are per person based on double occupancy in US dollars. MmMmTravel Fares are per person based on double occupancy in US dollars.  Single and triple rates available upon request. Guests wishing to participate in all events with Al Portney of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Laird Small, PGA Golf Professional and Director of Instruction at Pebble Beach Golf Academy must book through MmMmTravel. Guests booking elsewhere, including directly with Crystal,  will be not be included in all events. Cruise-Only Fares are per person in U.S. dollars, double occupancy and do not include cruise port, security and handling charges of $495 per person. Minimum number of guests required for Al Portney and Laird Small to host. Fares shown does not guarantee availability. Optional air add-ons are available from Crystal Cruises’ designated gateway cities in the U.S. and Canada, and include all government fees and taxes. All offers may not be combined with other promotions, apply to first two full-fare guests in stateroom or suite, are capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. Click here for complete terms & conditions. Crystal Cruises reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees, promotions and programs at any time with or without notice. CST# 1005871-40

 

Ports

Large Map ImageCosmopolitan Lisbon was the center of the world’s last great colonial empire. Today the city nostalgically reveres its imperial past while adapting to Portugal’s role as a member of the European Economic Community. Although located on the Atlantic coast, Lisbon has the soul of a Mediterranean city with Moorish castles, pastel and white buildings, orange-tiled roofs and luminous blue skies. Set amid the hills and valleys of the northern shore of the River Tagus, it is one of the loveliest capitals in the world.

On a low-lying peninsula extending into the crescent-shaped bay stands 3,000-year-old Cádiz, the Western world’s oldest continuously inhabited city. Neat houses huddle within high walls, while the surrounding countryside is lush with olive groves. The Puertas de Tierra divides the city in two. Modern Cádiz lies on the isthmus, while the romantic, historical section is located on the other side. The old districts of El Pópulo and Santa Maria, adorned with narrow streets and ancient stone walls, are in sharp contrast to the parks, gardens, wide roads and plazas of the bustling commercial area.

Like a crouching lion, the Rock of Gibraltar’s imposing presence supports the legend that it is one of the two Pillars of Hercules. Dramatically soaring to almost 1,400 feet, it boasts one of the world’s most recognizable silhouettes. Over 140 caves have been discovered within its limestone mass. Although linked by land to Spain, the self-governing British colony of Gibraltar maintains a strong allegiance to Britain. Shop the compact commercial center for tax-free treats, or perch atop the summit for thrilling views encompassing Europe and Africa.

Ibiza’s reputation as the birthplace of the rave and Christopher Columbus reveals its split personality. On the one hand, the island—located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Valencia—is the “Undisputed Party Capital of the World,— where DJs spin their newest mixes and young clubbers revel at parties that rock until the wee hours. But this island and its city Ibiza Town also have deep roots in Mediterranean history, as acknowledged by UNESCO with its designation of large portions of the island and various cultural icons as World Heritage Sites. The local government has demonstrated an interest in making this idyllic destination (indeed, the island is movie-quality photogenic) quieter and more family friendly by passing laws to raise hotel standards and require night clubs to close earlier—by a still eye-reddening 6 am.

Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is a celebration of history and heir to Greek, Phoenician, Roman, Carthaginian, Gothic and Arab cultural legacies. Since it is nearly as close to Rome, Geneva and Munich as it is to Madrid, Barcelona has long been the Spanish link to Western Europe. It was the home of Picasso, Miró, Dali, Casals and Gaudí and has been described as a Mediterranean Manhattan, a cosmopolitan experimental center for political ideas and artistic movements. In addition to its abundance of artistic and architectural treasures, Barcelona serves as the gateway to one of the world’s most impressive mountainside enclaves at Montserrat. Discover the secret legends of the Black Virgin and the alluring chants of monastic life high atop the Catalonian plains. Barcelona’s ancient city walls and the narrow crooked streets of the town’s old section are laid out for your discovery. You will find that Barcelona has something for everybody.

St-Tropez has earned its glamorous reputation as a summer playground for celebrities, artists and writers. At the height of its popularity during the 1950s and 60s, one could easily find Pablo Picasso, Francoise Sagan, Jacques Prévet and the classic movie actress Brigitte Bardot vacationing here. Its famous beaches are still frequented by affluent guests who seek a lively night life and a piece of the “St-Trop” allure. Magnificent yachts line the port, as their owners rival to achieve titles for who has the biggest, the most luxurious or the best-kept vessel, or for which vessel has the most enthusiastic crew. You will certainly be enticed by the colorful sights and sounds of this “Gem of the Provençal Culture.”

Monte Carlo, Monaco is an ancient principality steeped in rich and colorful history. Its proud monarchy is presided over by Prince Albert, who assumed the throne after his famed father Prince Rainier died in 2005.  Today when gazing on its modern skyline, it is hard to imagine that Monaco endured a turbulent past. Once a Greek settlement conquered by the Romans, it was bought from the Genoese in 1309 by the Grimaldis, who still rule as the world’s oldest monarchy.  Monaco covers less than one square mile and is known primarily for its Grand Casino.

 

 

Pre & Post Cruise

city, houses, LisbonMmMmTravel can help you with more than just your cruise. We are here to assist you with all of your vacation plans including pre & post cruise hotels, transfers, tours and more to ensure you truly experience a “Taste of Life”.  You can search through our luxury partnered hotel options using the  links below. If you need any assistance or have any questions regarding your pre and post cruise travel plans, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (831) 659-0151 or Cruises@MmMmTravel.com

 

Exclusive Excursions

August 18, Included Excursion to TORRES Winery: 
Join Al Portney on August 18 for a visit, wine tasting & lunch at Torres Winery. The Torres Winery was founded in 1870. The family has been growing grapes for more than 300 years in their vineyards in the Penedès region close to Barcelona. They have a strong heritage, and the entire family, including the 5th and current generation, is committed to passing the torch to the generations to come. Although today it can be said that Torres is a modern company, the family abides by the values that started many generations ago. Torres believes in quality more than volume, long term more than short term and making wines that exceed customer expectations.

Please Note: Your excursion with Al Portney to Torres Winery is included in cruise fare, however all other excursions are offered at an added fee. Excursion details will be announced as they are finalized. Golf Courses and starting times under review and will be announced at the end of the year.

 

About Al Portney

About Al Portney

Ste. Michelle Wine Estateshost Alan K. Portney, became Vice President International Sales for Ste.Michelle Wine Estates in June 2006 after running his own company, Worldwide Wine Services from 1995. Al began his company representing the international sales for Ste.Michelle Wine Estates along with a portfolio of Premium Estate wineries in Washington, Oregon and California. Due to the efforts of Al Portney and his colleagues, Washington, Oregon and California wines are now represented in more than 120 countries. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars from Napa Valley, Erath Cellars from Oregon and the 2 leading brands from Washington State, Ch.Ste.Michelle and Columbia Crest are some of America’s best distributed premium wine brands around the world.

Al Portney is a veteran of the wine industry, going into his 40 year in the industry. Al started in the wine business in 1976 as an importer then turned his focus into exporting in 1983 with the Fetzer Vineyards winery. The twelve years from 1983 to 1995, Fetzer became one the leading exported California wine company’s. In 1992, Brown Forman purchased Fetzer Vineyards. Al stayed on with the new company for two years when the opportunity to represent internationally one of the premier fine wine company’s Ste. Michelle Wine Estates was offered. With his experience exporting California wines, Al was convinced that the Pacific Northwest was under developed which gave him the confidence to establish his own company specializing in this region of the United Sates.

Al is on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Northwest Wine Coalition, the generic marketing entity for the Washington Wine Commission, the Oregon Advisory Board. He is a leading member of the export committee for the Washington Wine Commission and California Wine Institute, responsible for organizing and managing the generic marketing activities worldwide. Al travels more than 200 days a year assisting the many people engaged in representing the wines of Ste.Michelle Wine Estates and their associated wineries. When Al is not traveling, he resides in the States of New Jersey and Florida USA with his wife Amy of 35 years enjoying their 3 adult children living in other states.

 

 

About Laird Small

 

About Laird Small

After more than 28 years of working at Pebble Beach, Laird Small is comfortable calling the famed golf resort his home. A consummate golf professional with a wealth of experience and an intrinsic love of the game, Small has served as the Director of the Pebble Beach Academy for 19 years. Prior to that, he was the Head Professional and Manager of the Spyglass Hill Golf Shop for nine years.

In 1996, Laird helped launch—and bring to national prominence—the Pebble Beach Golf Academy. In addition, he was instrumental in the development of the AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association, which hosts about 2,500 kids year-round.

Laird’s many accolades include: 2003 National PGA Teacher of the Year; recognition by Golf Digest as one of the country’s top 50 greatest teachers for every consecutive year since 2007; and being named one of the country’s top 100 teachers by Golf Magazine—one of the most prestigious honors golf professionals can attain. He was first inducted into the list in 1995 and has been on it every year since.

A graduate of San Jose State University in Recreation and Leisure Studies, Laird is a Class A-14 teaching professional. He has completed multiple certifications with the PGA Business School, HeartMath Coaching and Titleist Performance Institute. In 2002, the PGA of America awarded him the prestigious status of Master Professional, with a Specialty Certification in Teaching and Coaching.

Laird is the author of Play Golf the Pebble Beach Way, co-author of GolfCordz the Power Source and regularly contributes articles for Golf MagazineGolf Tips Magazine and Golf Digest. Some of his many students over the years have included Bill Gates, Tom Kite, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Young, Kirk Triplett, Warren Buffett, Bob Wolcott, Orel Hershiser, Josh Duhamel, Paul McGinley and Julius Irving.

 

 

About Crystal

The Evolution of Crystal Luxury continues in November 2018 as the 68,000-ton Crystal Serenity undergoes her own multi-million-dollar transformation to welcome just 980 guests with more suites and penthouses, exciting new culinary options with open seating, and expanded technologies including free, unlimited Wi-Fi. Crystal Serenity shares the international spotlight with Crystal Symphony as the world’s two most awarded luxury ships. All-inclusive cruises include complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout both ships as well as gratuities for housekeeping, bar, dining and Penthouse butler staff. In addition to our Taste of Life amenities, Crystal’s all-inclusive value provides:

Fine Dining

  • Up to eight evening dining venues
  • Complimentary fine wines, champagne and premium spirits as well as dining in all restaurants, including specialty venues Prego by Piero Selvaggio of Valentino’s, and Umi Uma & Sushi Bar inspired by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa
  • Open-bar service throughout the ship
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff throughout the ship
  • The Bistro, a European-style sidewalk café, now with extended hours into the late evening
  • All non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water, specialty coffee drinks, soft drinks, fresh juices and Afternoon Tea service
  • Early embarkation luncheon
  • Welcome champagne
  • 24-hour room service
  • Beginning November 10, 2018 aboard Crystal Serenity, the Lido Café will be transformed into two unique dining experiences for breakfast and lunch, and one for dinner, complemented with open seating; no reservations required!
    • Marketplace: A fresh and friendly venue for breakfast and lunch with an open-kitchen prepering made-to-order favorites including handmade pastas, made-to-order sandwiches, fresh salads and more.
    • Churrascaria: For dinner, we “travel” to South America with a feast of succulent cuts of meat and ceviches as Marketplace transforms into a Brazilian steakhouse each evening, with tapas and seafood too.

Enrichment & Entertainment

  • Computer University@Sea® classes with software instruction
  • Technology Concierge “how to” tips on latest high-tech gadgets and apps
  • Digital USC School of Cinematic Arts Filmmaking classes
  • Experiences of Discovery® theme cruises with focused programming on music, film & theatre, wellness, golf and more
  • Crystal Visions® lecture series featuring renowned speakers, authors, celebrities and destination experts
  • Interactive Ocean Views™ , and new Local Insights on select voyages where native experts come on board to share their unique, niche knowledge about the destination’s art, politics, archaeology or history
  • Award-winning Broadway-style entertainment including new productions Rocket Man!: a tribute to Elton John and Divas, plus piano bars and chic nightclubs
  • Magic Castle® at Sea offering intimate performances and educational classes
  • Recent-release films in spacious surround-sound Hollywood Theatre
  • Dance lessons
  • Art classes with Odyssey Art At Sea
  • Dedicated Junior Cruiser facilities and programs
  • Comfortable shuttles to town
  • Concierge services for personal arrangements ashore

 

Fitness

  • Gym with state-of-the art fitness equipment
  • Well-appointed separate men’s and women’s steam, saunas and whirlpools in the only Feng Shui-inspired spa at sea
  • Fitness classes including yoga, Pilates, “Tour de Spin” cycling, cutting-edge Kinesis™ systems and Tai Chi courses
  • Golf lessons with PGA pros
  • Walk-on-Water® weighted vests and Nordic Pole walking equipment
  • Paddle tennis
  • Exclusive 360° (wraparound) teak Promenade Deck for uninterrupted walks, jogs and sweeping ocean views
  • Ambassador Hosts, cultured and well-traveled gentlemen, are available on every cruise to socialize and dance the night away

 

Ship Specifications

Crystal Serenity
Crew: 655
Guests: 980
Length: 820 ft
Width: 105.6 ft
Speed: 20 Knots
Tonnage: 68.870

 
 

To make a reservation please contact us directly at 831.659.0151 or email us at Cruises@MmMmTravel.com. For additional information about this enchanting voyage, please fill out the form below and we will respond to your request within 1 business day via email. Please remember that the email response to your query may accidentally be directed to your junk mail folder.